Loss of a Good Friend

Loss of a Good Friend

I lost a good friend a couple of days ago. She was a guide for Alpine Ascents and lost her life on Denali. I had known Suzanne since she first moved to Seattle in 1999 while working at REI. She was from the east coast and in a matter of fact way told me she [...]

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You No Rambo

You No Rambo

It started out as a suggestion to walk around the area where our hotel was situated. The side street led past a small café which had a few Bolivians sitting drinking coca tea. We sat down and ordered two beers which came to our table in a couple of very tall bottles. As we poured [...]

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Impermanence and Dolma La-Tibet

Impermanence and Dolma La-Tibet

A long grueling day as we pushed on for ten hours with Dolma-la Pass at 18,600ft elevation as our destination. We have caught up with the main mass of pilgrims. A procession of horses with their elderly riders and many others slowly struggle upwards. On the way we pass another spot of offering, Shiva-tsal. This [...]

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Lake Mansarovar-Tibet

Lake Mansarovar-Tibet

With our tents set up near the lakes shore I hiked up a hill with prayer flags and sat alone watching the wind change the color and shadows on the water. Kailash arose from behind the clouds and confirmed our good karma as we have seen the mountain every day since arriving. We spent a [...]

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Milarepa and A Handful of Sand

Milarepa and A Handful of Sand

We stopped at a grassy spot near a stone house to spend our second night as we are now at 13,500ft in elevation and a gain of over 6000ft from our night at Zhangmu. We need short days to acclimatize. Towards evening we decided to hike up a rise behind our camp. It was a [...]

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